After an initially guarded response from the critics, the work was rapidly reevaluated and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play the following year. Set in London and Venice the play has an innovative chronology that opens at the end of an affair and works its way backwards over nine years, from 1977 to 1968.
A battle-hardened soldier, Antony is one of the three leaders of the Roman world. But he is also a man in the grip of an all-consuming passion for Cleopatra, the exotic and tempestuous queen of Egypt. And when their life of pleasure together is threatened by the politics of Rome, the conflict between love and duty has devastating consequences.
A new readable and accessible translation of Brecht's satirical masterpiece by Alistair Beaton, published to coincide with the world premiere by Shared Experience. Written by the grand master of storytelling and peopled with vivid and amusing characters, this is one of the greatest plays of the last century.
In no other play has Shakespeare created two such equally titanic personages as Rome's great soldier and statesman Mark Antony and the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra. The story of their irresistible attraction, their jealous quarrels, and the effects on friends and subjects of their ruinous choices is a tale leading irretrievably to despair and defeat.
This series of plays has been developed to support classroom teaching and to meet the requirements of the National Curriculum. Robert Bolt's play about Sir Thomas More has 11 male and three female parts. Classroom activities are included.